There is one front and one battle where everyone in the United States—every man, woman, and child—is in action and will be privileged to remain in action throughout this war. That front is right here at home, in our daily lives and in our daily tasks. Here at home everyone will have the privilege of making whatever self-denial is necessary, not only to supply our fighting men, but to keep the economic structure of our country fortified and secure during the war and after the war.

President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s radio broadcast to the nation, April 28, 1942

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Mrs. Roosevelt's Underwear



With the rubber shortage,
elastic is no longer being made.
Underwear has gone back
to the old-fashioned type
tightened at the waist by
buttons or a drawstring.
I’ve heard a story that
one day, while giving a speech,
Mrs. Roosevelt’s underwear
came undone and dropped to her feet.
Without stopping or making
a fuss, the First Lady
stepped out of her underwear
and continued on.
Imagine that!

© Diane Mayr, all rights reserved. Photo courtesy Library of Congress.

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